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Why do basketball shoes have high tops?

Asked a year ago

I have seen other sports shoes with low tops, so why do basketball shoes need to be different? I have heard that high tops provide better ankle support, but is that really necessary so much more than other sports? I also wonder if high tops affect my mobility on the court. Thanks

Edmond Mora

Saturday, April 01, 2023

Generally, high tops provide better support to the foot and ankle joints while playing the sport. For larger players with higher weights benefit more from the ankle support that high tops provide, while smaller players with less can should be able to play basketball in low cut basketball shoes. If you know or feel that your ankles are unstable from previous injuries, high tops would be the best option for you. Hope this helps!

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